Chimpanzees recognizing photographs of the rear ends of other chimpanzees; colonoscopy patients who explode, and the patent for the bagel-making machine — all these all turn up in this week’s Improbable Research podcast.
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This week, Marc Abrahams tells about:
- The rest (following on from the last two weeks) of the things that won Ig Nobel Prizes in 2012. (“Faces and Behinds: Chimpanzee Sex Perception” Frans B.M. de Waal and Jennifer J. Pokorny, Advanced Science Letters, vol. 1, 99–103, 2008. Here’s detail from the study: / “Colonic Gas Explosion During Therapeutic Colonoscopy with Electrocautery,” Spiros D Ladas, George Karamanolis, Emmanuel Ben-Soussan, World Journal of Gastroenterology, vol. 13, no. 40, October 2007, pp. 5295–8. / “Argon Plasma Coagulation in the Treatment of Hemorrhagic Radiation Proctitis is Efficient But Requires a Perfect Colonic Cleansing to Be Safe,” E. Ben-Soussan, M. Antonietti, G. Savoye, S. Herve, P. Ducrotté, and E. Lerebours, European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, vol. 16, no. 12, December 2004, pp. 1315-8. Featuring dramatic readings by Daniel Rosenberg.) Here, by the way, is video of how two friends did their own personal prep for a colonoscopy:
- List of everything that won an Ig Nobel Prize in 2012.
- Farewell, bagel-making-machine inventor (“Daniel Thompson, Whose Bagel Machine Altered the American Diet, Dies at 94,” New York Times, September 21, 2015. / “Apparatus for making a toroid,” U.S. 2584514, granted to Meyer Thompson and Daniel Thompson, priority December 9, 1947. Featuring dramatic readings by Sue Wellington.) Here’s part of the bagel-making-machine patent:
The mysterious John Schedler or the shadowy Bruce Petschek perhaps did the sound engineering this week.
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